6 Ways to Decorate Your Classroom Door for Thanksgiving

Looking for ways to decorate your classroom door for Thanksgiving? We’ve rounded up several ideas that are sure to give you just the inspiration you need to greet your students (and others) into your classroom Thanksgiving style. Be sure to bookmark this post and save it to your favorite Pinterest board!

What do I need to decorate my classroom door?

Whether you are a new teacher or a veteran, decorating your classroom door can seem a little tricky at times. The long rectangular-shaped door offers a good amount of space to work with, so it’s all about design and style. 

To make decorating your classroom door easy, you’ll want to work with supplies that are ideal for what you want to do. The list below isn’t an exhausted one but certainly a good place to start:

  • Large paper rolls (in a variety of colors)
  • Construction paper
  • Letter cutouts
  • Number cutouts
  • Seasonal cutouts
  • Poster markers
  • Paint markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots
  • Velcro dots
  • Decorative border

And if decorating is really your thing, you could also benefit from having a Cricut machine and vinyl for making your own cutouts and decorative designs. Keep supplies like these on hand and in labeled totes so changing up your classroom door each holiday and season is easy peasy.

Tips for Decorating Your Classroom Door 

You may be inclined to only focus on the space of your door, and that’s a great start. However, depending on the placement of your door, you can use the space around it as well. Some of the ideas below show how you can use your classroom door as the focal point while spreading the decorations to the outer parts, including the ceiling as well!

6 Ways to Decorate Your Classroom Door for Thanksgiving

Sweet as Pumpkin Pie (Brittany Adams)

This unique idea uses slices of pumpkin pie created by the students. It’s a great way to turn a classroom art project into Thanksgiving-themed door decor all while showcasing your student’s work. Very few supplies are needed for this since most of the work will come from your students!

Turkey Classroom Door (Teaching Special Thinkers)

To create this turkey classroom door idea, you’ll utilize your student’s artwork again. This time, have them create collage-like masterpieces on strips of paper that resemble turkey feathers. Use your actual door as the turkey face (and body, optional) and tape the student’s feathers around the outer part of the door. 

Latte Thankful Door Idea (Little Learning Corner)

If you’re a coffee and latte lover, this Thanksgiving door idea is for you. The caption reads “We have a latte to be thankful for.” Each student’s name is showcased on a pumpkin-designed coffee mug attached to a donut. 

Our Thankful Tree (A Gift of Knowledge)

Using a tree centerpiece, different colored leaves are placed all over the tree with student’s names written on them. You could also ask each student to talk about one thing they are thankful for and write what they say on the leaves as well.

A “Minion” Reasons to be Thankful (Design Corral)

Your students are sure to get a kick out of this Minion-themed Thanksgiving door idea. In this design idea the minions are working on building teepees and making a Thanksgiving meal, all perfect Thanksgiving representations. 

Thankful for these Turkeys (Cass Brown)

Minimal supplies are needed for this idea as it uses pre-cutout turkeys you can most likely pick up at the Dollar Store. You can choose to use the door as the backdrop itself or give it some color by using a colored background. Write your student’s names on each turkey, tape them to the door, and you’re done!

Final Thoughts

Decorating your classroom door for Thanksgiving can be super fun. With the ideas above, there’s no doubt that you’ll put together a door you are proud of! What are some ways you have decorated your classroom door for Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments below!
In the meantime, check out some of my door hanger kits that would be perfect for hanging on your classroom door! There are many to choose from. And since they are blank and double-sided, you can creatively decorate them any way you like!

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